Officer-involved shooting suspect is dead
Yesterday evening my middle grandson and I wondered what had happened in Northwest Roanoke that 14 police vehicles and 2 unmarked cars were racing down Orange Avenue West in succession. I wondered if there had been a mass shooting but I now know that a call had gone out that an officer was down.
I've been told that the procedure in such situations is for all available cars in the area to report to the scene of the crime which is what we were witnessing. News reports on Sunday from WDBJ and WSLS said a police officer was shot near Melrose Towers by a suspect in a murder that had taken place in Southeast Roanoke.
WDBJ 7 is now giving additional details on the situation. Local law enforcement did a well-being check on an individual who was found dead in Southeast. He was a 39-year-old white male who was later spotted on Melrose Avenue near Melrose Towers.
The suspect shot a female police officer who survived surgery but is now in critical condition and he was shot and killed by another officer. be on the lookout for updates as they become available.